Upper Minors Friday: Is Jeurys Familia Figuring it Out?

AAA: Buffalo Bisons 8, @ Pawtucket Red Sox 2 

Oh, look Jeurys Familia is an effective pitcher: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 70% strikes (62 strikes/88 pitches). I watched most of Familia’s outing. His fastball was consistently in the mid-90s with movement, sinking and running armside. He still got into trouble when he could not command the offering, but on the whole, he was able to throw strikes better  than in any of his other starts I’ve seen online. The hardest hit ball I saw came off the bat of Lars Anderson who ripped a 3-2 fastball down the gut for a double. Familia’s breaking ball at 83-84 made Paw Sox hitters look silly repeatedly. It was an encouraging outing certainly, but he’s not close to big league ready. The 6.1 innings matched a season-high set in his previous start.

His last two starts: 12.2 IP, 10 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 11 K

However, watching online, with the Mets’ game on TV, I didn’t see much changeup from Familia. There was one two-seamer I think, that the Paw Sox radio team said was 91 that looked and acted like a changeup, diving away from a left-handed batter.

The Bisons hit four home runs in this one: two from LF Fred Lewis,  and one each from 2B Josh Satin and RF Matt Tuiasosopo. Satin was 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI to lift his Bisons’ line to .293/.392/.453 in 85 games. He’s walked 46 times in those 85 games, which is awfully impressive.


AA: @ Binghamton Mets 2, Erie Seawolves 0 
@ Binghamton Mets 5, Erie Seawolves 4  (8 innings)

Game one featured Cory Mazzoni’s complete game shutout. His line: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. I’d like to be more excited about this outing, but the one strikeout and the 10 flyouts against six groundouts hold me back.

3B Wilmer Flores drove home the game’s only runs on a two-run triple in the bottom of the first inning. It was his first triple of the year in his 83rd game.

CF Juan Lagares was 3-for-7 on Friday and up to .281/.338/.379 over in 88 games with only 56 strikeouts  as part of a batting average-heavy .364/.397/.509 in 12 games.

In game two, 3B Jefry Marte singled home Flores, who was playing first base, with the winning run in the the bottom of the eighth inning. Marte was 2-for-4 in the nightcap with his 8th homerun of the year.  Marte (.267/.337/.406 – 84 games) has two homeruns in his last three games. In July, he’s walkd five time and fanned just three.


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